Archive of films Meatball Machine Kodoku / Kodoku: Mîtobôru mashin
2017, 108 min
Section: Midnight Screenings
A fifty-year-old debt collector learns that he has cancer and only three months to live. But then there are those pesky aliens, who might shorten the time even more by turning him into a cyborg, and he’s not the only one. The ensuing battle – a regular cyborg melee – generates myriad prolapsed entrails and buckets of blood. According to the director of this comedic splatter flick, four tons of the (fake) red stuff were spilled.
“I’m not fifty years old, I’m fifty years young,” says the lonely Yuji, who makes a living as a debt collector. Most of the time, however, he fails to collect any money, and so he ends up paying off the debt out of his own pocket. On top of that, his doctor gives him a crushing diagnosis: He has cancer and just a few months to live. In this film by Yoshihiro Nishimura – well-known special effects guru of ultra-violent Japanese splatter flicks – this mournful situation is just the jumping-off point for something far more unrestrained. Aliens from outer space cover the city in a giant dome and start turning people into cyborgs that they force to engage in bloody battles full of disemboweled guts and buckets of blood – supposedly four tons of fake blood were spilled on the set. This sequel to 2005’s Meatball Machine shows inspiration from cyberpunk and the films of John Carpenter and Sam Raimi.
About the director
Yoshihiro Nishimura (b. 1967, Tokyo) is a successful Japanese director, screenwriter, special effects artist and make-up artist with a focus on horror movies. He is often called the “Japanese Tom Savini.” Nishimura studied law, but his inspiration for movies came from the art of Salvador Dalí, from reading horror magazines, and from his own dreams. His first short film was made in 1984. He has created the special effects for various other movies, including The Machine Girl and Meatball Machine, whose sequel is all his own. One of his most famous films is Tokyo Gore Police (2008), which was shown at festivals around the world. Nishimura also founded his own special effects production company, Nishimura Motion Picture Model Makers Group.
About the film
|Screenplay:||Yoshihiro Nishimura, Sakichi Sato|
|Dir. of Photography:||Keizo Suzuki|
|Art Director:||Fumitaka Sasaki|
|Producer:||Yukihiko Yamaguchi, Yudai Yamaguchi, Tomoharu Kusunoki|
|Coproduction:||Ark Entertainement, Nishimura Motion Pictures|
|Cast:||Yurisa, Yoji Tanaka, Takumi Saito|